Your kids are going to
have a great time in Paris.
The city is full of fun activities for children.
PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS
Paris's many parks, large and small, are designed
with children in mind. Many have playgrounds
with things to climb and swing on, fences and
gates to keep the little ones from wandering
off, and benches for parents.
At the large pool in the Jardin
des Tuileries they can rent little toy sailboats, and
there are always plenty of pigeons to feed!
Bois de Boulogne & Jardin
Childhood reigns at the Jardin
d'Acclimatation, or children's
amusement park (Métro: Les Sablons,
then a six-minute walk). More...
This large, very central park has an extensive
admission fee) and a Marionette Theater. More...
Two interesting playgrounds in
the complex of parks and gardens built on
the site of Paris's old food markets (Métro:
Les Halles; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles):
The Jardin des Enfants (Children's
Garden) is a wonderful maze. Kids (7 to 11
years) go up craggy mountains, out of a snake's
mouth sliding down the tongue, into a cage
filled with tennis balls, and through tunnels
The Jardin des Tout-Petits (Infants'
Garden) is for kids from babyhood to age
7: sandbox, merry-go-round, seesaw, slide,
and two topiary rhinoceroses on guard. Benches
provide a rest for the weary sightseeing
feet of the parents. It's free; if the gate
is closed, just reach over and turn the handle.
Stop here for a look at the Ménagerie.
Musée National d’Histoire
France's Natural History Museum has lots
of kid-oriented programs.
de Vincennes & Parc Zoologique
Paris's major zoo
Nain Bleu is the largest toy
store in Paris
Everybody enjoys panoramic views,
so if your children are toddlers or older,
head for the high spots:
Your kids may be old enough to climb to the
mezzanine level, which means no waiting in
line (which kids hate). Not only that, there's
a carousel (merry-go-round)
between the tower and the bridge over the
Seine. More carousels...
Look also for the many souvenir
sellers nearby, especially on
the spacious Champ-de-Mars—they
often have fun action toys like little
kites, airplanes and rubber-band rockets
to shoot into the air in the spacious park.
Across the river, the Jardin
du Trocadéro has an Aquarium (Métro:
Arc de Triomphe
Another fine viewpoint, and with lots of
military and national history thrown in.
A good schedule of circus shows throughout
Who doesn't like boat cruises? With
some of the lines, you can hop on and hop
off as you like—perfect for childish attention
de la Découverte,
Avenue Franklin D Roosevelt between the Champs-Élysées and
the Seine (just
behind the Grand Palais, Métro:
Franklin D Roosevelt or Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau)
is an institute with working demonstrations
in various branches of science, including astronomy,
biology, computers, medicine, and dentistry.
There's a planetarium here